Windows 10 brings a large collection of new features and improvements, and while the upgrade from an older version is a very straightforward process, there’s always a small risk problems appear afterwards.
A very unpleasant one is experiencing touchpad issues on notebooks and laptops, especially when you don’t have a touchscreen or a mouse to plug in right away. It would be difficult to list every single possible cause of touchpad problems in Windows 10, but here are a few common ones and their fixes.
Hopefully, one of these will fix your issues and you won’t need to waste more time on the matter.
Check if your touchpad is enabled
This one may seem obvious, but it’s always a good idea to verify if the touchpad is actually enabled before attempting anything else. From the Start menu, go to Settings -> Devices -> Mouse & touchpad and select Additional mouse options.
In the Mouse Properties window, select the last tab on the right, called Device Settings or ELAN. In the Devices area, check to see if the touchpad is enabled. If it’s disabled select it and click the Enable button.
Also, some laptops have a special key combination to turn the touchpad on/off. On my laptop it’s Fn+F5, but it can also be Fn+F6, F6 and other combination. You can try using the combination for your specific device model (it’s just one Google search away) before proceeding to look for other possible causes of your touchpad’s problems.
Update your drivers
Ever since Windows 10 was released summer, touchpad and other hardware manufacturers have had plenty of time to update their drivers to support the latest version of the OS. However, there’s a chance the driver on your laptop is not up to date, in which case you’ll have to manually perform the update.
To do this, open the Control Panel from the Start button’s context menu (accessible via right-mouse click) and select Device Manager.
Navigate to Mice and other pointing devices, locate your touchpad, right-click on it and select Update Driver Software…
Then, Windows will check online for the latest version of the driver and if it finds one, it will update it. However, there might be a driver update available even if the system doesn’t find one. In this case, you’ll have to manually search for it online. You can usually find drivers on your laptop’s manufacturer or touchpad manufacturer website.
If you find one, it is best to uninstall the older driver before installing the latest version. To remove an existent driver, return to Device Manager, right-click on your touchpad and select Uninstall. Then you can install the new driver (a system reboot will be needed to apply the changes).